Cops: Man accused of killing wife, stepson, claimed self-defense

Hector Collazo


ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando man accused of killing his wife and stepson tried to tell police he fatally shot them in self-defense, according to an arrest affidavit.

CBS affiliate WKMG reports that police say Hector Collazo’s wife, Caryn Collazo, 57, and his stepson, Zachary Humelsine, 26, were pronounced dead at the family’s home after Collazo’s 15-year-old son called 911 on Thursday afternoon.

The teen was at home of the time of the shooting and was able to escape and call for help, police said.

According to the affidavit, the 15-year-old told authorities he was in the restroom when he heard a crash. He said he asked Humelsine what happened and was told that Hector Collazo pushed their mother to the ground then slammed the bedroom door closed, according to the affidavit.

Police said the boy started knocking, opened the door and heard Caryn Collazo yelling at him to call 911. Hector Collazo allegedly told him not to call 911 because his wife had only fallen.

Humelsine armed himself with a kitchen knife and told his brother to move out of the way so he could defend Caryn Collazo, according to the affidavit. The teen told police he heard a gunshot shortly thereafter and his mother crying out.

The surviving son told police he saw Hector Collazo point the gun at Humelsine and shoot him multiple times, the affidavit said.

The boy ran out of the house and called 911 at 1:08 p.m. Hector Callazo also called 911, claiming that his wife and stepson threatened him with a knife.

“OPD’s crisis intervention team specialists were able to talk to him from between five and 10 minutes and were able to get him to peacefully surrender and come out of the home, where OPD officers were waiting,” Orlando police spokeswoman Michelle Guido said.

According to the affidavit, police determined that the shooting was not in self-defense because Humelsine only armed himself because he witnessed a “violent forcible felony” against his mother.

Caryn Collazo was found dead in the master bedroom and Humelsine was found dead in the dining room area, according to the affadavit.

WKMG reports that a representative from Kenaday Medical Center said Hector Callazo used to be a pain management doctor at the office in Kissimmee, but left voluntarily about a year ago. His medical license is currently out of date, records showed.

Callazo is charged with two counts of second-degree murder. A judge ordered him to be held without bond during a first court appearance Friday afternoon.